Meet the Teachers

We’re proud of our teaching staff. They are one well-rounded hodgepodge of knowledge and talent, and though they each come from different backgrounds and areas of study, they share a passion for changing the way people look at their dinner plates, one home-cooked meal at a time.

Are you ready to meet the teachers?

Tamara Christians

This Montana native and longtime culinarian is the Culinary Education Coordinator here at Cherry Grove Farm. She is owner and executive chef of Jossie Catering, specializing in gourmet rustic mountain food, and is the resident chef to the historic Andalusia estate in Bensalem. When she’s not whipping up something in the kitchen, she’s shooting a mean game of pool, and posing for art students. 

Niki Schlett


Niki is Program Manager at a group home for adults with mental illness, and has three (!!) degrees, in anthropology, psychology, and counseling. She likes to cook most things (soups at the moment), and wishes she had more time to make food stuff. She also really likes to bake! Niki likes to read and crochet, and recently started trying to not kill all of her plants.

1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens